Newport Beach Independent December 15, 2017 : Page 3

newportbeachindy.com DECEMBER 15, 2017 3 Central Avenue Pier, Plaza Offi cially Open JIM COLLINS By Sara Hall | NB Indy Boaters, particularly those visiting Newport Harbor, have a new public dock to use which city offi cials and business owners hope will encourage them to visit nearby shops and restau-ants. The city held a brief dedication ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the harbor’s newest public amenity, the Central Avenue Public Pier and Plaza. The pier 84-feet long and 10-feet wide pier provides an important link between water users, particularly those anchoring in the city’s temporary mooring fi elds, and the retail shops and restaurants at Lido Marina Village and the nearby area, including the soon-to-open Lido House Hotel. Harbor Commission Chair Bill Kenney said during the ceremony that one of the goals of the commission is to improve public access in and around Newport Harbor. “There is no better example of the achievement of that goal than the pier that we’re dedicating today,” Kenney said. During one of his fi rst offi cial acts as the new mayor, Marshall “Duffy” Duff-ield also spoke during the ceremony, praising the new pier and plaza. “I’m so grateful that it’s fi nally here,” Duffi eld said. “It’s going to be great for the future (of Newport Harbor).” He called it the “Rolls-Royce” of docks. “It’s absolutely beautiful,” Duffi eld said. It turned out “way beyond” what he ever imagined. It’s a great space for both visitors and Newport Beach citizens to enjoy, Duffi eld said. It defi nes what Newport Harbor is all about: A welcoming, visitor and resident serving harbor, said Council-woman Diane Dixon, whose district covers the Balboa Peninsula. The Central Avenue pier and plaza will enhance that reputation, she added. Commenting on the large, wide-spread economic contribution of the harbor for the city, she said numerous businesses are positively impacted. The new public pier will provide ac-cess in an area previously underserved for harbor users, according to city offi cials. It is the beginning of a new era of revitalization for the Balboa Penin-sula and focus on water-related issues, Dixon said. “We will see a continued economic revitalization of this part of our city,” Dixon noted. There are a lot of water or harbor related public works projects either recently completed, in the process, or planned for the future that will have a signifi cant economic benefi t for this Members of Newport Beach City Council and the Harbor Commission cut a ribbon on Wednes-day to celebrate offi cially opening the Central Avenue Public Pier and Plaza. part of the community and the entire city, she added. The project was made possible through a development agreement between the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, the city and the California Coastal Commission, as well as through grant funds provided by the State of Califor-nia’s Boating and Waterways Division. In an effort to be more of a user-friendly harbor, the city recently took over management of the moorings from the county. “This really ties everything together,” Duffi eld said. There could be more public piers and plazas elsewhere around the harbor, he added. The Council realizes the value of the harbor to the community, Kenney said. “They are committing the resources necessary to make Newport Harbor the fi nest small harbor in the United States,” Kenney said. “The Harbor Commission looks forward to taking direction from and working with the City Council as we collaboratively enhance our city’s greatest asset.” Woman Critically Injured in Single Vehicle Collision A woman was critically injured after she lost control of her vehicle and hit a light pole on Jamboree Road, authori-ties reported. The Newport Beach Police Depart-ment received a call at 12:38 a.m. on Dec. 1, about a a traffi c collision near the intersection of Jamboree Road with Ford Road and Eastbluff Drive, accord-ing to an NBPD statement. A silver 2007 Honda civic was travel-ing southbound on Jamboree when the driver lost control and hit a light post on the southwest corner of the intersec-tion. The driver was an adult female and the lone occupant of the vehicle, police reported. She suffered critical injuries and was transported her to a lo-cal trauma center for medical attention and evaluation. The NBPD is seeking anyone who has additional information about the incident. Contact Troy Zeeman at (949) 644-3742 or tzeeman@nbpd.org. Since 1962 NEWS BRIEFS Wreaths for Pacific View Memorial Park This Saturday, Dec. 16, Pacifi c View Memorial Park and Mortuary will be participating in Wreaths Across America, a national event to remember our nation’s fallen heroes during the holidays. Volunteers from the community will place fresh wreaths throughout Garden of Valor, Pacifi c View’s dedicated veter-ans section, on nearly 1,000 gravesides of veterans who have passed. Volunteers are still needed for the wreath laying ceremony, which begins at 9 a.m. Pacifi c View Memorial Park and Mortuary is at 3500 Pacifi c View Dr., Corona del Mar. Contact Marie Hess at Marie.Hess@ Dignitymemorial.com. Newport Beach Responds to Thomas Fire Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a mutual aid request last week to help fi ght the “Thomas Fire.” Ventura County was “engulfed with extreme weather and fi re,” NBFD of-fi cials explained in a message. The county requested assistance from fi re agencies throughout the state due to the number of structures and lives threatened. Newport Beach sent two engines with eight personnel up the coast to the Thomas Fire. The Type 1 Engines will provide structure defense and establish control lines around the fi re, according to NBFD offi cials. Local fi re offi cials also used Mon-day’s message to “remind everyone that fi re season is year round so always be prepared.” Dinner Shows Monday & Tuesday! Happy Holidays from the Staff at LaCave! 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Central Avenue Pier, Plaza Officially Open

Sara Hall

Boaters, particularly those visiting Newport Harbor, have a new public dock to use which city officials and business owners hope will encourage them to visit nearby shops and restauants.<br /> <br /> The city held a brief dedication ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the harbor’s newest public amenity, the Central Avenue Public Pier and Plaza.<br /> <br /> The pier 84-feet long and 10-feet wide pier provides an important link between water users, particularly those anchoring in the city’s temporary mooring fields, and the retail shops and restaurants at Lido Marina Village and the nearby area, including the soon-toopen Lido House Hotel.<br /> <br /> Harbor Commission Chair Bill Kenney said during the ceremony that one of the goals of the commission is to improve public access in and around Newport Harbor.<br /> <br /> “There is no better example of the achievement of that goal than the pier that we’re dedicating today,” Kenney said.<br /> <br /> During one of his first official acts as the new mayor, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield also spoke during the ceremony, praising the new pier and plaza.<br /> <br /> “I’m so grateful that it’s finally here,” Duffield said. “It’s going to be great for the future (of Newport Harbor).”<br /> <br /> He called it the “Rolls-Royce” of docks.<br /> <br /> “It’s absolutely beautiful,” Duffield said. It turned out “way beyond” what he ever imagined.<br /> <br /> It’s a great space for both visitors and Newport Beach citizens to enjoy, Duffield said.<br /> <br /> It defines what Newport Harbor is all about: A welcoming, visitor and resident serving harbor, said Councilwoman Diane Dixon, whose district covers the Balboa Peninsula.<br /> <br /> The Central Avenue pier and plaza will enhance that reputation, she added.<br /> <br /> Commenting on the large, widespread economic contribution of the harbor for the city, she said numerous businesses are positively impacted.<br /> <br /> The new public pier will provide access in an area previously underserved for harbor users, according to city officials.<br /> <br /> It is the beginning of a new era of revitalization for the Balboa Peninsula and focus on water-related issues, Dixon said.<br /> <br /> “We will see a continued economic revitalization of this part of our city,” Dixon noted.<br /> <br /> There are a lot of water or harbor related public works projects either recently completed, in the process, or planned for the future that will have a significant economic benefit for this part of the community and the entire city, she added.<br /> <br /> The project was made possible through a development agreement between the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, the city and the California Coastal Commission, as well as through grant funds provided by the State of California’s Boating and Waterways Division.<br /> <br /> In an effort to be more of a userfriendly harbor, the city recently took over management of the moorings from the county.<br /> <br /> “This really ties everything together,” Duffield said.<br /> <br /> There could be more public piers and plazas elsewhere around the harbor, he added.<br /> <br /> The Council realizes the value of the harbor to the community, Kenney said.<br /> <br /> “They are committing the resources necessary to make Newport Harbor the finest small harbor in the United States,” Kenney said. “The Harbor Commission looks forward to taking direction from and working with the City Council as we collaboratively enhance our city’s greatest asset.”<br />

Woman Critically Injured In Single Vehicle Collision

A woman was critically injured after she lost control of her vehicle and hit a light pole on Jamboree Road, authorities reported.<br /> <br /> The Newport Beach Police Department received a call at 12:38 a.m. on Dec. 1, about a a traffic collision near the intersection of Jamboree Road with Ford Road and Eastbluff Drive, according to an NBPD statement.<br /> <br /> A silver 2007 Honda civic was traveling southbound on Jamboree when the driver lost control and hit a light post on the southwest corner of the intersection. The driver was an adult female and the lone occupant of the vehicle, police reported. She suffered critical injuries and was transported her to a local trauma center for medical attention and evaluation.<br /> <br /> The NBPD is seeking anyone who has additional information about the incident. Contact Troy Zeeman at (949) 644-3742 or tzeeman@nbpd.org.<br />

News Briefs

Wreaths for Pacific View Memorial Park<br /> <br /> This Saturday, Dec. 16, Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary will be participating in Wreaths Across America, a national event to remember our nation’s fallen heroes during the holidays.<br /> <br /> Volunteers from the community will place fresh wreaths throughout Garden of Valor, Pacific View’s dedicated veterans section, on nearly 1,000 gravesides of veterans who have passed.<br /> <br /> Volunteers are still needed for the wreath laying ceremony, which begins at 9 a.m. Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary is at 3500 Pacifc View Dr., Corona del Mar.<br /> <br /> Contact Marie Hess at Marie.Hess@Dignitymemorial.com.<br /> <br /> Newport Beach Responds to Thomas Fire<br /> <br /> Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a mutual aid request last week to help<br /> fight the “Thomas Fire.”<br /> <br /> Ventura County was “engulfed with extreme weather and fire,” NBFD officials explained in a message.<br /> <br /> The county requested assistance from fire agencies throughout the state due to the number of structures and lives threatened.<br /> <br /> Newport Beach sent two engines with eight personnel up the coast to the Thomas Fire. The Type 1 Engines will provide structure defense and establish control lines around the fire, according to NBFD officials.<br /> <br /> Local fire officials also used Monday’s message to “remind everyone that fire season is year round so always be prepared.”<br />

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